WOC 2027 kick off meeting held in Budapest
International Orienteering Federation
by Erling Thisted
2h ago
Earlier in February, the Hungarian Orienteering Federation, the local organizers and IOF held a press conference and a kick off meeting ahead of the World Orienteering Championships in 2027, that takes place in forests around Vezprem, Hungary in three years. From left: Balázs Kovács, President of the Hungarian Orienteering Federation, Henrik Eliasson, CEO of IOF and Attila Varsányi, representative of the organising club, Veszprém Honvéd Sports Club. In addition to the focus on WOC 2027, information was shared about the other major events that Hungary will host in the coming time: European Ori ..read more
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SkiO World Cup: Baklid takes the crown again, Olsson claims first overall women’s title
International Orienteering Federation
by Clive
2d ago
Another fantastic SkiO season for the Norwegian Jørgen Baklid! He finishes at the top again, retaining the men’s World Cup title for the second year in succession. Magdalena Olsson, Sweden came back to take the women’s title after missing the 2023 season. Both won by good margins. Magdalena Olsson ahead of Elin Schagerström (both SWE) in Saturday’s pursuit race in Estonia. Photo by Reigo Teervalt. Olsson took second place in all three races in Estonia, but she won gold medals in Sprint and Pursuit in the World Championships in Austria in January. A very competent orienteer as well as a good s ..read more
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SkiO World Cup: overall wins for Olsson and Baklid – but second place for both today
International Orienteering Federation
by Clive
2d ago
Magdalena Olsson, Sweden and Jørgen Baklid, Norway are the 2024 SkiO World Cup champions, both finishing in second place today, Baklid just 1 second behind Eevert Toivonen, Finland. Home athlete Daisy Kudre Schnyder won the women’s race. Ella Turesson, Sweden was an early leader in the women’s race over 8.8 km, held on a mild, cloudy day with snow beginning to disappear in some open spots and quite mushy elsewhere. As in the Pursuit, good route choice was a key to success, and on some legs there were several alternatives on the tracks and many small paths in the moderately hilly terrain. Daisy ..read more
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SkiO World Cup Final Pursuit: second victory for Ekström
International Orienteering Federation
by Clive
4d ago
Niklas Ekström, Finland kept his cool throughout the 3-loop Pursuit today to win by 52 seconds, whilst in the women’s race it was victory for Norwegian Anna Ulvensøen by just 8 seconds. Ekström and Ulvensøen are both second in the World Cup standings and have narrowed the gap to the leaders today, with Ekström now only 45 points behind Jørgen Baklid, Norway ahead of the final Middle Distance race tomorrow, and Ulvensøen 85 points behind Sweden’s Magdalena Olsson. The men’s race was first on a misty, cloudy day with little wind and slow skiing conditions. Finland’s Aapo Viippola, third yesterda ..read more
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Traubaite and Ekström took their first SkiO World Cup wins in Estonia
International Orienteering Federation
by Erling Thisted
4d ago
Both Judita Traubaite (LTU) and Niklas Ekström (FIN) claimed the top spot on the World Cup podium for the first time, when this year’s World Cup Final kicked off Friday morning in Haanja, Estonia. The event consists of three individual races, that all count in the Ski Orienteering World Cup and today’s challenge was a sprint race of 3,5 and 3,9 kilometers for women and men respectively. Judita Traubaite was one of the first ahtletes in the ski tracks this morning, as she started fourth out of the 44 participants in the women’s class. And after 18:26 minutes on her skis, the 23-year-old Lithuan ..read more
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IOF conducts Athletes Survey 2024
International Orienteering Federation
by Erling Thisted
1w ago
From late February and in the following weeks, IOF conducts a survey among all athletes that have participated in an IOF event within the last two years. This year’s survey covers both the athletes view on the sustainability of current IOF events and suggestions to enhance the event programme to better meet the athletes needs. The input from the athletes is crucial to help shape the future of IOF’s competitions and event programme, focusing on environmental, financial, and social sustainability. The above mentioned athletes from all four disciplines will receive an e-mail during next week with ..read more
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Oceania held its first ever sprint orienteering championships in New Zealand
International Orienteering Federation
by Erling Thisted
2w ago
The first regional FootO-championships of the year took place last week in New Zealand, where the 2024 Oceania Orienteering Championships were held with three sprint disciplines on the program. It was the first ever sprint Oceania Orienteering Championships with the events designed to prepare the athletes in the best possible way for this summer’s World Orienteering Championships in Edinburgh, Scotland. All competitions were held on the North Island, with the Knock-Out Sprint and Sprint Relay taking place Sunday and Monday in and around New Plymouth before the Sprint was decided in Auckland on ..read more
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Application period for major events extended until March 31st
International Orienteering Federation
by Erling Thisted
3w ago
The period for applying to host IOF Major Events in disciplines, where no applications are yet submitted, is extended until March 31st, 2024. That was decided by IOF Council during a meeting in January. For more information about applying to host an IOF Major Event, please contact the chairperson in the relevant discipline commission ..read more
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Japan will host 2026 World Ski Orienteering Championships
International Orienteering Federation
by Erling Thisted
1M ago
The best ski orienteers in the world will gather in Japan to compete at the World Ski Orienteering Championships 2026. During a meeting earlier in January, IOF Council decided to appoint Japan as organiser of the championships. The preliminary dates set for WSOC 2026 are February 28th – March 6th, 2026. It will be Japan’s second time as WSOC hosts. The first time was in Rutsutsu in 2009, where the athletes competed in Sprint, Middle, Long and Relay. “We are pleased to appoint Japan as host of the championships. Organizing the World Ski Orienteering Championships in Japan again is an underlinin ..read more
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Time to apply for Young Leaders Academy 2024
International Orienteering Federation
by Erling Thisted
1M ago
Young Leaders Academy 2024 offers a unique chance to develop your orienteering skills and improve your coaching and organizational abilities, while participating in ”5 days Italy” and network with like-minded orienteers from the rest of the world. And now is the time to apply. The academy is held from June 29th – July 6th 2024 and supports the talents of young orienteers aged 16-25 and their competencies regarding developing orienteering. During the daytime you will be able to race in 5 days Italy in Northern Italy. And in the late afternoons, there will be lectures and workshops and after din ..read more
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